XY Cell Life: A Rap Music Video About Genetics

Morehouse College student Julien Turner wrote this song after his biology professor offered to give an extra credit to students who made a music video about one of the subjects that was covered in class.

Lyrics:

DNA starts to unwind
The RNA reads the other side
Meiosis is the key to making life
Mitosis copies cells about to die
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
If my genes go left unread
Unwind the DNA
Prep for mitosis happens in the interphase
Then we move to prophase
Spindles start to shape
Chromatids condense as the bubble breaks down, yeah, I’m talking membrane
Metaphase chromatids meet at the heart
Anaphase chromatids are pulled apart
Telophase forming of membrane will start
While the cell starts to pinch back apart
Cytokinesis the cycle is through, that’s when cytoplasm ends up split up in two
Meiosis is alike, except it happens twice
And chromatids are spliced
Please
Remember, the difference is key
Mitosis makes somatic cells, the cells that make up all of me
Except for in my sex organs, my haploid cells take half of me
The DNA starts to unwind
The RNA reads the other side
Meiosis is the key to making life
Mitosis copies cells about to die
All my cells are dead
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
Yeah
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
All my cells are dead
Apoptosis makes sure I don’t spread
Mutations are result of genes misread
Transcription, RNA polymerase
Initiates, elongates, then terminates
Translate, ribosomal units
Needs free amino acids just to do it
Chromosomes made of genes
Makes the colours of our eyes and gives us a widows peak
Meiosis gives us variation so we’re different people
Mitosis helps us grow and replace cells when they get evil
She said
I don’t know, I don’t know
How do cells divide and help you grow?
The DNA starts to unwind
The RNA reads the other side
Meiosis is the key to making life
Mitosis copies cells about to die
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
If my genes go left unread
All my cells are dead
If my genes go left unread´╗┐

[Julien Turner | Via Geekologie]

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